Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson return to Broadway in this Pulitzer winner about strangers who become friends over gin rummy, until their games become a battleground of exposed failures and insecurities. More…
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, who strike up a friendship over games of gin rummy. As their competitive spirit grows, each of their lengthy conversations about their families and their lives becomes a battle. Much like the ongoing gin games, each player tries to expose the other's weaknesses, to belittle the other's life, and to humiliate the other thoroughly. James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson come together on stage for the first time since 1966 in this revival.
See it if you want to see the dazzling Tyson, altho the material is far beneath her. This is a stupid play. And Jones didn't improve it.
Don't see it if I was bored and frustrated. JEJ plays a bully. Nothing funny or charming or revelatory here. So disappointing. Why revive this clunker???
See it if you love Cicely Tyson. Gosh, she's just wonderful, isn't she?
Don't see it if you want to see a play that has something to say. (If this show has a point I was unable to discern it.)
See it if you enjoy great acting. It's a two-hander about two senior citizens who meet, and the co-dependent relationship that develops between them.
Don't see it if a quiet, slowly-paced show with a small cast, a simple set and very little story underwhelms you.
See it if if you want to see two legends of the American Theatre perform one of the most witty, sharp and poignant plays around.
Don't see it if you've seen this production already.
See it if like me, you just wanted to see any play with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson .
Don't see it if you trust your friends who saw it and told you the script was terrible
See it if you enjoy plays that very much depend upon the expertise of the actors, as the writing itself is quite slight
Don't see it if you want fast action, and know that you might want to smack some sense into both characters for being their own worst enemies
See it if You really want to see Cicely Tyson or James Earl Jones live... They are both super talented but the story crawls.
Don't see it if You are looking for engaging plot or to be moved. A 90 minute lookyloo at big celebrities is the only draw here
See it if You want to see 2 legendary actors go toe-to-toe for 2 acts in a charming (if a bit repetitive) play.
Don't see it if You don't value acting legends.
See it if you like the stars and wouldn't mind watching them read a phone book. There's a nice dramatic arc in the script, but not in this production.
Don't see it if you want to be entertained or moved or challenged or kept awake. Some of the audience enjoyed it immensely, but I'm honestly not sure why.
See it if you are ready for a Master Class in acting from a 90 years young and her 84 years young counterpart
Don't see it if you're not ready to see older people as people and no just cute - yes there is cursing